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Lelandais steps down as Vivarte chief
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:15:00 GMT


Vivarte chairman and CEO Marc Lelandais has stepped down after failing to reach an agreement with the fashion retailer's new shareholders on its future strategy.
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Shoe maker Samson enters administration
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:56:00 GMT


French women's shoe maker Samson has been placed under judicial administration, citing significantly weaker demand from Russia, the main outlet of its export trade.
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Bill Blass taps Benz as creative director
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:13:00 GMT


Bill Blass has appointed Chris Benz as its creative director as the US fashion business prepares to relaunch as a global lifestyle brand.
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Workers call for reopening of Hameen Sportswear
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:27:00 GMT


Cambodia's National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) is calling for the Hameen Sportswear factory in Bangladesh to re-open after 400 workers were laid off when it closed earlier this month.
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UK consumer morale dips again in October
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:30:00 GMT


UK consumer confidence dropped further into negative territory in October, and the likelyhood of it rising any time soon is "running out fast".
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:43:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style last week included toxic chemicals found in clothing and footwear sold by nine supermarkets and retailers, wearable technology forecast to be a key trend for 2015, and Topshop teams with Beyoncé for a new street wear line.
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Guangdong Esquel Textiles bags SteP certification
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:58:00 GMT


Guangdong Esquel Textiles Co has become the first company in China to gain the STeP by Oeko-Tex certification for sustainable textile production.
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Fashion's new frontiers: managing sourcing risk
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:53:00 GMT


Faced with an increasingly complex sourcing environment, more volatility and less predictable consumer demand, retailers and brands are having to navigate higher levels of risk in their apparel supply chains. But finding the right solution is a complex trade-off between high risk, low cost and value.
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Fruit of the Loom forms yarn partnership with Parkdale
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:07:00 GMT


Fruit of the Loom has agreed a deal with Parkdale America that will see it sell its US yarn spinning operations to the company which will then provide new state-of-the-art cotton and cotton blended yarns for its underwear and casualwear products.
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SuperGroup cuts profit outlook on warmer weather
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:14:00 GMT


Superdry brand owner SuperGroup is offering a cautious outlook for the remainder of the year, cutting its profit guidance, as warmer autumn weather hit sales in the second quarter.
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Columbia Sportswear ups FY profit guidance
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:29:00 GMT


US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear Company has upped its full-year outlook as it revealed increased earnings and sales in its third-quarter.
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Wearable technology future ripe for millennials
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:10:00 GMT


Twenty percent of American adults already own a wearable device and the adoption rate is quickly expected to rise, particularly amongst millennials, according to a new report.
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Apparel retailers react to India forced labour allegations
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:10:00 GMT


A number of retailers have responded to allegations of "forced labour" amongst female textile workers in mills in southern India, with H&M blacklisting one of the five named.
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UK clothing spend set to grow 3.5% this Christmas
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:40:00 GMT


Clothing and footwear is one of the categories set for the biggest growth in spending across the UK this Christmas, according to new research.
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Turkey launches anti-dumping probe against US cotton
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:58:00 GMT


Turkey's Ministry of the Economy has launched an anti-dumping investigation against imports of US cotton, the National Cotton Council has said.
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US hails Bangladesh factory progress
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:12:00 GMT


The US government has welcomed the progress made by Bangladesh in addressing concerns over worker safety in the country's garment factories.
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Fjällräven makes promise on down sustainability
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:37:00 GMT


Outdoor clothing business Fjällräven has made what it calls a "Down Promise" that its products will use only ethically produced down of the highest quality.
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Steve Madden Q3 hurt by "lack of trends"
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:55:00 GMT


US fashion footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden has posted softer than expected results in the third quarter, weighed down by lower sales and a "lack of fashion footwear trends."
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Tanzania garment sector seeks investment
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:33:00 GMT


The Tanzanian government has published a guide to its textile and garment sub-sector in an effort to attract increased international investment into the country.
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UK Primark supplier goes into administration
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:45:00 GMT


Value fashion retailer Primark says it stopped placing orders with one of its UK supplier that has since gone into administration.
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Twin acquisitions boost Hanesbrands Q3
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:55:00 GMT


Apparel group Hanesbrands enjoyed a strong third quarter thanks to good sales and profit contributions from new acquisitions DBApparel and Maidenform.
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Retailers react to India forced labour allegations
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:10:00 GMT


A number of retailers have responded to allegations of "forced labour" amongst female textile workers in mills in southern India, with H&M blacklisting one of the five named.
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Jockey signs Dream Lounge licensing deal
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:22:00 GMT


US apparel maker Jockey International has signed a licensing deal with loungewear firm, the Dream Lounge, to launch a range of thermals for men and women.
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Tageos signs RFID licensing deal with Round Rock
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:16:00 GMT


RFID label maker Tageos has entered into a patent licensing agreement with Round Rock Research in a bid to strengthen its position and support the adoption of UHF RFID for apparel retailers and brands.
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Who has signed up to the Greenpeace Detox Campaign - update
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:55:00 GMT


In 2011, Greenpeace published its Dirty Laundry report, which found toxic chemicals in waste water discharges from two textile processing facilities in China supplying global apparel firms. Since then, the environmental pressure group has been calling on clothing brands to remove hazardous chemicals from their supply chains and products by 2020 as part of its Detox challenge.
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Stockmann to cut jobs as it reveals Q2 loss
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:55:00 GMT


Finnish department store retailer Stockmann Group is to cut around 380 jobs at its Seppala fashion chain, as it looks to ramp up efforts to improve group profitability.
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Raymond shares tumble on Q2 profit decline
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:59:00 GMT


Indian textile and clothing group Raymond Ltd saw its share price tumble 4.37% after revealing a drop in second-quarter earnings.
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Africa's largest free trade area to launch
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:29:00 GMT


The Tripartite Sectoral Committee, comprising ministers from three trade blocs covering East and Southern Africa, has agreed on the launch of Africa's largest free trade area.
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APDN provides Pima cotton authentication mark
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:04:00 GMT


Product authentication business Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) is to provide a DNA-based authentication mark for a textile manufacturer's Extra Long Staple Pima cotton.
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Monsoon Accessorize joins ban on angora
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:25:00 GMT


UK apparel and accessories retailer Monsoon Accessorize has become the latest company to end the use of angora in its future clothing and accessories collections.
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Ralph Lauren cuts FY sales outlook
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:10:00 GMT


US apparel giant Ralph Lauren remains optimistic despite revealing lower second-quarter earnings and cutting its full-year sales outlook.
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Wearable technology a key trend for 2015
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:21:00 GMT


Wearable technology, synced mobile devices, the growing on-demand culture of the digital world, and an increasing awareness of corporate misbehaviour are all trends expected to come to the fore next year, a new report suggests.
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Calls for Berry Amendment to be protected in TTIP
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:29:00 GMT


The Berry Amendment should be kept off the negotiating table when the US discusses new free trade agreement (FTA) deals, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) says.
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Foot Locker first retailer to join European sports group
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:29:00 GMT


Foot Locker Europe has been confirmed as the first retailer to join the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI), with the firm's CEO Lew Kimble to serve on the board.
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Cornell University severs ties with VF's JanSport
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:51:00 GMT


Cornell University has severed business ties with VF Corp's JanSport brand citing "deep concern" over ongoing issues around worker and factory safety in Bangladesh.
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Levi Strauss and M&S join Canopy forest fibre initiative
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:40:00 GMT


Leading fashion players including Levi Strauss & Co and Marks & Spencer are the latest names to sign up to non-profit organisation Canopy's Fashion Loved by Forest sustainability initiative.
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Discounts forecast as UK retailers battle stock overhang
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:48:00 GMT


A potential stock overhang from unseasonably mild weather might result in retailers having to ramp up discounts in order to shift the excess before Christmas, KPMG has warned.
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India garment exports in 17.6% YTD rise
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:48:00 GMT


The value of garment exports from India rose 17.6% to top US$8bn in the first six months of the fiscal year, the country's Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has said.
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US retailers play safe with holiday deadlines
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:54:00 GMT


Retailers in the US are rolling back their deadlines for guaranteed Christmas delivery to avoid a repeat of problems experienced last year.
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Moisture management fabrics enter a new era
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:33:00 GMT


Moisture management fabric technology has entered a new era as manufacturers and retailers respond to growing demand by consumers for ever greater levels of performance from their garments.
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October "a scary month" for US apparel retailers
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:31:00 GMT


Unseasonably warm weather has been one of the major drags on US apparel retailers in October, but analysts believe the month overall has been "scary" with "relatively weak" sales and headwinds that are likely to continue into the all-important fourth quarter.
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Global news roundup
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:02:00 GMT


The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.
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Cornell University severs ties with VF Corp's JanSport
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:51:00 GMT


Cornell University has severed business ties with VF Corp's JanSport brand citing "deep concern" over ongoing issues surrounding worker and factory safety in Bangladesh.
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Topshop teams with Beyoncé for fashion line
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:00:00 GMT


American popstar Beyoncé has joined forces with Topshop boss Sir Philip Green to launch a global athletic street wear brand.
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Raising the minimum wage may also reduce employment
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:52:00 GMT


Minimum wages are among the most challenging - and divisive - issues in the apparel industry, yet very little is known about the impact that a raise can have on employment levels, especially in emerging markets.
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Online shopping adds complexity to retail
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:06:00 GMT


Shoppers are increasingly integrating the online and offline retail worlds, but purchasing decisions are increasingly complex, says a new study.
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Industry group seeks change to California chemistry plan
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:10:00 GMT


The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has called for a number of changes to a new Green Chemistry work plan for California.
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VF rolls out plan to eliminate harmful chemicals
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:28:00 GMT


Apparel and footwear giant VF Corp has launched its chemical management programme designed to identify and eliminate potentially harmful chemicals in the supply chain.
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Unseasonably warm weather hits Next Q3
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:22:00 GMT


Unseasonably warm weather in October meant sales for UK fashion retailer Next Plc didn't meet its third-quarter expectations, pushing its share price down in early morning trading.
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Next Q3 trading update: What the analysts say
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:32:00 GMT


Unseasonably warm weather in October meant sales for UK fashion retailer Next Plc didn't meet its third-quarter expectations. The group this morning (29 October) found its share price had fallen 1.63% on the trading update. Analysts offered mixed views of the results.
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Belle International H1 profit rises 7.6%
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:19:00 GMT


Footwear and apparel business Belle International Holdings recorded a 7.6% rise in first-half net profit thanks to a double-digit rise in revenues in the six months to 31 August.
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Shop Direct builds healthy FY profit
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:33:00 GMT


Multi-brand online retailer Shop Direct recorded a robust pre-tax profit for the year ended 30 June, thanks to a big sales increase for its Very.co.uk brand.
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Macy's to open first international store
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:59:00 GMT


Department store retailers Macy's is to open its first store outside the US, with a location in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2018.
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Industry group calls for Green Chemistry plan changes
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:10:00 GMT


The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has called for a number of changes to a new Green Chemistry work plan for California.
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Indian women textile workers endure "forced labour"
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:26:00 GMT


Female textile workers in mills in southern India are enduring horrific working conditions which amount to "forced labour", according to a report from two pressure groups.
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VF launches chemical management programme
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:28:00 GMT


Apparel and footwear giant VF Corp has launched its chemical management programme designed to identify and eliminate potentially harmful chemicals in the supply chain.
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OptiTex opens Italy office and taps country manager
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:56:00 GMT


OptiTex, the developer of 2D and 3D CAD systems for the fashion industry, has opened an office in Milan, Italy, and appointed Antonio Sgroi as country manager.
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Filippa K to evolve and expand with ERP
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:46:00 GMT


Swedish fashion label Filippa K has deployed Infor's enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to help support its rapid growth and a shift in its business model.
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YuniquePLM adds line planning and development calendar
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:09:00 GMT


Yunique Solutions has updated its product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to improve speed, efficiency and usability for the fashion and apparel industry.
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Kohl's readies for Q3 sales decline
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:40:00 GMT


Kohl's Corporation said it expects comparable sales to decrease 1.4% in the third quarter following a softening of sales in October.
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Century Rayon gains SteP for sustainable textiles
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:55:00 GMT


Fabric and yarn manufacturer Century Rayon has become the first company in India to be awarded the SteP by Oeko-Tex certification for sustainable textile production.
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Ex-DVF president Sutter named TSG Fashion CEO
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:20:00 GMT


Former Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) president Paula Sutter has been appointed as CEO of TSG Fashion, a unit of investment firm TSG Consumer Partners.
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Iconix Brand Group lifts outlook on Q3 profit rise
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:11:00 GMT


Iconix Brand Group has lifted its full-year earnings guidance after booking a 22% increase in third-quarter profit.
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VIEWPOINT: Government delays weigh on Bangladesh reforms
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:17:00 GMT


The over-riding message from a review last week to look at ongoing efforts to improve worker rights and factory safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment and knitwear industry seems to be that "a lot of work still remains to be done."
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Former JC Penney CEO Johnson prepares tech start-up
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:25:00 GMT


Former JC Penney CEO and Apple retail head Ron Johnson is set to launch a new start-up designed to reinvent the way consumers buy and experience products online.
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Online shopping "adding retail complexity"
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:06:00 GMT


Shoppers are increasingly integrating the online and offline retail worlds, but purchasing decisions are increasingly complex, says a new study.
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Mexico urges fast-fashion brands to source locally
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:35:00 GMT


Global fast-fashion brands such as H&M, Forever 21 and American Eagle Outfitters who are keen to grow their business in Mexico are being urged to start sourcing apparel there instead of in Asia.
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Kohl's prepares for Q3 sales decline
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:40:00 GMT


Kohl's Corporation said it expects comparable sales to decrease 1.4% in the third quarter following softer sales in October than the remainder of the period.
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Coach optimistic despite Q1 profit decline
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:11:00 GMT


US footwear, handbags and accessories retailer Coach Inc has booked a drop in first-quarter net income but remains optimistic of the success of its brand transformation initiative.
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Coats appoints Sharma as exec director
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:51:00 GMT


US footwear, handbags and accessories retailer Coach Inc has appointed Rajiv Sharma, global CEO of Coats Industrial, as an executive director.
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Australian groups create apparel collaboration hub
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:36:00 GMT


The Manufacturing Excellence Taskforce of Australia (META) has joined forces with the Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) to launch a new hub based around the textile and clothing industry.
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Turnaround strategy boosts Crocs Q3 profit
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:03:00 GMT


US footwear business Crocs has booked an increase in earnings in its third-quarter thanks to a turnaround plan implemented by the company in July.
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Kering outlines new sustainable fashion partnership
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:40:00 GMT


French luxury goods group Kering has outlined a new partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) at the London College of Fashion (LCF) to support sustainable practices and innovation in the fashion industry.
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Kering oulines new sustainable fashion partnership
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:40:00 GMT


French luxury goods group Kering has outlined a new partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) at the London College of Fashion (LCF) to support sustainable practices and innovation in the fashion industry.
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Cotton Traders eyes expansion with Next buyback
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:15:00 GMT


The founders of Cotton Traders are looking to expand into new markets and develop its online presence after buying back Next Plc's 33% stake in the British leisurewear brand.
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